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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

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A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

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Kenneth Lonergan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Casey Affleck ... Lee Chandler
Ben O'Brien ... Young Patrick
Kyle Chandler ... Joe Chandler
Richard Donelly Richard Donelly ... Mr. Martinez (1st Tenant)
Virginia Loring Cooke Virginia Loring Cooke ... Mrs. Groom (2nd tenant)
Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... Marianne (3rd Tenant)
Missy Yager ... Mrs. Olsen (4th Tenant)
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Mr. Emery
Ben Hanson Ben Hanson ... Lenny - the bartender
Mary Mallen ... Sharon
Lewis D. Wheeler ... 1st Businessman at Bar
Anthony Estrella Anthony Estrella ... 2nd Businessman at Bar
C.J. Wilson ... George
Susan Pourfar ... Nurse Irene
Robert Sella Robert Sella ... Dr. Muller
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Storyline

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. Written by Jwelch5742

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manchester junto al mar See more »

Filming Locations:

Lynn, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$256,498, 20 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,695,120, 21 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,201,310, 19 March 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Williams prepared immensely for the role before the director even had her scenes. While the crew began to film scenes with Casey Affleck, she'd sit in malls and observe people. See more »

Goofs

The fishing boat has registration numbers on its side beginning with "MS". Pleasure boats have numbers beginning with MS but commercial boats do not. See more »

Quotes

Randi Chandler: I said a lot of terrible things to you.
Lee Chandler: No...
Randi Chandler: But I... I know you never... Maybe you don't wanna talk to me.
Lee Chandler: It's not that...
Randi Chandler: Let... let me finish. However... My heart was broken - cause it's always gonna be broken, and I know yours is broken, too - but I don't have to carry it. I said things that... I should fuckin' burn in hell for what I said to you.
Lee Chandler: No. No-no. No, no, no-no-no. Randi, no.
Randi Chandler: I'm just sorry.
Lee Chandler: It's... it's... I... I can't expl... I can't...
Randi Chandler: I love you! Maybe I shouldn't say that.
Lee Chandler:
[...]
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Casey Affleck/Chance the Rapper (2016) See more »

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Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts
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Lonergan's beautifully understated writing, and Affleck's stunning performance, create a powerhouse picture that will surely sweep awards
10 October 2016 | by neverever121See all my reviews

I was very pleased to snag a last minute returned, lone available ticket to the European premiere of this on Saturday as I'd heard a lot of great things about this film and it had been sold out.

The premise is simple: when his brother Joe dies, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is forced to take care of his teenage nephew in his hometown, from which he moved away years earlier to escape his demons from a trauma years earlier.

It becomes clear early on that Lee had life figured out years earlier. The film jumps between the past and the present, revealing a time where Lee was married, spent a lot of time with his friends and family (especially his brother and his nephew) and was content with life. But while jumping between the two periods of time, the film travels along at a slow, tense pace, tentatively revealing facets of Lee's past and present personalities (which are remarkably different) before hitting the audience with the full force of what exactly what made him run from his hometown.

Casey Affleck is astonishingly good and it's no wonder that there is a strong early buzz around his performance. He essentially plays two different characters, a man before trauma and a man after. The 'before' in flashbacks is fairly simple, a relatively friendly and happy-go-lucky guy who spends a lot of time with his friends and family, has a close relationship with his nephew, etc. But where he excels is in the quiet desperation of the present-day Lee Chandler. With this character there are only rare moments of outward emotion - but Affleck plays it so that it is painfully clear just how much hurt Lee is keeping inside. Best Actor Oscar nomination, and highly possible win, incoming.

Despite the serious subject matter, there is a surprising warmth that permeates the film. This is a film primarily about a man forced to confront his demons, yes, but it is also a film about family and the ties that bind us to our hometown. There is a terrific chemistry between Affleck's Lee and Lucas Hedges, who plays his nephew Patrick. Make no mistake, despite its subject matter this film is often hilarious, with the dialogue between Lee and his nephew providing most of the frequent outbursts of laughter in the cinema. Owing to his detachment and fear, Lee is fairly useless as a caregiver to Patrick, who in turn pushes his limits in being allowed to do whatever he wants (mostly chasing girls - there are particularly hilarious scenes when he is trying to get laid).

Affleck's Lee is also forced to confront his demons in the form of his now ex-wife Randi, played by the ever-brilliant Michelle Williams. It's actually a relatively small part, but a key one, with an especially important scene that is played beautifully by both Affleck and Williams. In the Q&A that took place before the film, Williams talked about how she had spent 15 years wanting to work with 'Kenny' Lonergan, the director, as he is such a beautiful writer, and so she jumped at the chance before she'd even really heard detail about the part.

And it's clear to see why she would be so desperate to work with Kenneth Lonergan, whose writing and directing for this film is gentle, warm and heartbreaking in one package. It's bleak, but hints at hope. It's understated, but breaks out in small moments of agony without overdoing it (the middle of the film is particularly gut-wrenching). I would be very surprised not to see nominations in his direction also.

Beautiful writing and directing from Kenneth Lonergan, and a stunning performance from Casey Affleck in particular. It's a beautiful, quiet picture encapsulating trauma, guilt, redemption and familial bonds.


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